Know How / Beef

Profitably transforming day-old calves into fat cattle requires mastering many skills ranging from fertility management to achieving the best daily liveweight gain.

Whether you run a suckler herd or rear or finish beef cattle, browse our beef articles to find out how to improve beef farm profitability and productivity.

Key areas of focus:

  • Optimising productivity of the suckler herd
  • Achieving good weight gains and performance
  • Improving herd health and welfare
  • Management of healthy youngstock
  • Selecting the best market for your produce

Latest Know How


How outwintering cut suckler farm costs to 243p/kg

Outwintering youngstock and stores has been the final piece in the profitability jigsaw for a first-generation Scottish tenant farmer. Former Farmer Focus writer Giles Henry, of Oakwood Mill, Selkirk, has…


Organic mob grazing system cuts £380/livestock unit on estate

A Scottish livestock operation has removed £200,000 of costs in an ambitious system rethink based on outwintering, forage finishing and soil health.  The Balcaskie Estate in Fife has adopted organic,…


How soil focus avoids supplementary feeding on Welsh farm

A system of grazing dictated by a strict pasture recovery period is building soil organic matter and increasing plant diversity on a Welsh livestock farm that produces lamb from grass…


5 key ways to optimise maize feeding

Harvesting, clamping and feeding maize correctly can improve winter nutrition and reduce potential health hazards Animal feed expert, Prof Mike Wilkinson of University of Nottingham, offers advice on how to…

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